Company profile: Kangertech

A behind the scenes look at the popular vaping company Kangertech.

6
Company Profile Kangertech

Kangertech: An overview

Kangertech Reception
Kangertech Reception

Whether you’re a seasoned vaper or taking your first steps, you’ll have heard of KangerTech. One of the biggest names on the vaping scene, this Chinese company produced the popular Protank, Evod and Subtank range of clearomizers, as well as a variety of mods and starter kits. If you haven’t personally tried a Kanger product, you’ll have certainly seen others with them.

Brief history of Kangertech

Kangertech Production Line
Kangertech Production Line

Kangertech is based in Shenzhen, one of China’s wealthiest cities, in the Guangdong Province. Founded in 2007 by Danny Zhu and Li Di Lin, by 2013 they had over 3,000 workers producing hundreds of thousands of vaping items per day.

The first high-profile Kanger product was the Protank, released in 2013. This was a major factor in the shift away from cigalikes and cartomizers, towards refillable tank-based systems. Although other tanks, including Kanger’s own T2 and MT3 clearomizers, pre-date this, the Protank became a worldwide success due its sleek, sturdy design and efficient replaceable coils. The use of glass rather than plastic was groundbreaking, allowing safe vaping of ‘tank cracker’ e-juice such as cinnamon and aniseed. Building on this popular brand name, the Protank became a hugely successful range of tanks, regularly updated to incorporate the latest innovations in vaping technology.

Tidbit: Despite the company’s location, the word ‘kanger’ actually has Indian origins. It’s the Kashmiri name for a pot filled with hot embers used underneath clothing to keep warm. While many modern mods produce a great amount of heat, using them as a heat source in cold weather is not advised!

Reputation of Kangertech products

Kangertech Showroom
Kangertech Showroom

Kangertech tanks are especially good for beginners as they’re both affordable and easy to use. While they often lack the bells and whistles of high-end models, they prove an excellent starting point for curious new vapers.

Along with the Protank clearomizer, another major development was the Subtank, one of the first tanks designed for sub-ohm vaping. This came out in 2014, and catered for consumers interested in sub-ohm vaping but put off by the idea of RDAs, wicking and coil-building. This was soon followed by the Subtank Mini and Subtank Nano, both featuring smaller and more efficient designs. The Subtank Mini proved especially popular with vapers wanting a powerful inhale without the bulkiness of the original Subtank.

While ‘Made In China’ can raise alarm bells when it comes to vaping equipment, a major selling-point of Kanger products is the focus on safety. Indeed, co-founder Danny Zhu spoke to the New York Times in 2014, expressing his concern at the low-quality control of his fellow Chinese manufacturers. “There are lots of small workshops here, with 10 or 20 people, and they have no quality control or safety certifications for the material they use. Some of their products are covered with a layer of paint. It’s unhealthy.”

However, there have some missteps along the way. And depending on whom you ask, that “some” may be “a lot!”. A few of Kanger’s early tanks had manufacturing defects leading to leaking (although KangerTech acted quickly to rectify this issue). Similarly, there were numerous reports of the original Subtank leaking juice, apparently due to poor quality O-rings. However, its successor the Subtank Mini had far fewer leakage problems. And while the Kanger Dripbox should be lauded as an affordable take on squonking, it is a fairly unsophisticated product and not one of KangerTech’s premium products.

Kangertech's impact on the industry

Kangertech Office
Kangertech Office

KangerTech is one of the big beasts of vaping kits, but why? It’s down to a number of reasons. As they’re based in China, manufacturing costs are much lower than American or European items, resulting in cheaper products. Aware that this can lead to safety concerns there is a prominent statement on their website designed to reassure customers. “KangerTech products must pass CE, RoHS and certifications and meet the international environmental management system’s rigorous ISO 14000 standards.”

On a superficial level, Kanger products look superb with clean, smooth design features that are easy to hold, and simple enough for even brand new users. While some mods resemble a miniature space shuttle, KangerTech mods and tanks keep functions to the minimum, without seeming inadequate.

But more than this, KangerTech are quick to innovate and adapt to the market. When top-fill tank systems became popular Kanger quickly incorporated this to the Subtank Mini. They clearly listen to criticism, and every subsequent product is an improvement on the last. For example, the original sub-ohm coils had a boxy shape but these have now been phased out in favour of a more compact design, allowing for more juice in the tank while keeping the same quality vape. And while the Dripbox was a disappointing attempt at a squonker, it proved an affordable way to try out a differernt form of vaping.

Gallery: Inside Kangertech

Notable Products

TOPBOX Mini by Kanger

Kangertech Topbox

The Kanger TOPBOX Mini 75W TC Starter Kit improves upon the previous SubTank Mini, one of the most popular tanks to date. The new TOPBOX Mini features top filling, a 4 mL capacity, and redesigned coil heads. New coil configurations include a 0.15 ohm ni200, a 0.5 ohm 60W capable SSOCC, and a 0.5 ohm 70W capable Clapton. Airflow enters via dual adjustable slots with three settings. The new tank pairs well with its KBOX Mini 75W TC mod. With 7-75W of power using a single 18650 battery, the redesigned mod can fire any of the TOPBOX Mini coil heads. Temperature Control and support are available for Ni200 Nickel, stainless steel and Nichrome/Kanthal wires. Temperature Control ranges from 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

The TopBox Kit is designed for those vapers looking to take the next step in their journey from entry level to beyond.

Free Shipping

Kangertech: Final thoughts

By any measure, Kangertech is a mainstay in the vape industry. They have managed to stay relevant no matter the state of the industry. It’s safe to assume that Kangertech will continue to bring products to the market that will be of great benefit to those looking to quit cigs, or for those looking to progress on in their vaping.

SHARE
Ian Jones
Ian is a UK-based journalist, with 10+ years writing for media outlets such as Vice, MSN and the Daily Mirror. He specialises in pop culture and lifestyle journalism, focusing on vaping, food, fashion and technology. He takes frivolous things seriously so you don't have to.
  • Rozer Robles

    kanger seems to be behind on vaping market. cause their products lacks some quality and power… they seemed to cater.. newbies and those who want to quit smoking.. but not the advance users….

    same with joyetech and eleaf..

    • Rozer Robles

      ijoy smok are in top of the game now.

      • Nick Jennings

        I will give you the Smok TFV series…..thise are solid performers. But thats all Smok has as far as noteworthy.

    • Nick Jennings

      Arent you the funny guy. Why dont you try to research before saying Joyetech and eLeaf arent at the top. Here man let me school you:

      Fact- Joyetech chips are found in most affordable vaping devices such as Wismec Reuleaux RX200, RX200S, RX2/3 and also now going into eLeaf devices but wait….Joyetech isnt good right?

      eLeaf has been seen in more hands then Smok ever has.

      Smok uses a chip in house chip that is flawed on so many levels. First off the Smok chip can not do TC correctly and has a fire delay thats noticeable.

      You contradict yourself stating iJoy is better because they cater to advanced users whereas KangerTech does not. Seriously go research and you will clearly see that KangerTech in FACT caters to all levels of vaping…even unregulated (per se) with there Dripbox.

      I am not a loyal follower of any one brand. I am however an educator to the very well uneducated such as yourself. Have a wonderful day: -)

      • Rozer Robles

        i must say wismec as good produts but not as quality as the smok and ijoy

        rx cuboid evic they all have crappy 510 connections

      • Rozer Robles

        also watch dlsb most smok products are very accurate.. not that kanger leakbox nebox